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Morning Skincare Routine for Mature Skin: Women over 40

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As we age, our skin changes, and we may start to notice different skincare concerns.

A good skincare routine is essential for mature skin, and there are a few things to keep in mind when putting together a skincare plan.

My morning skincare routine for mature skin is specifically designed for women over 40.

morning skincare routine for mature skin

Back in the day, I was lucky to splash my face with cold water in the morning, and I usually finished up my makeup in the rearview mirror at stoplights on my way to work.

Those were the days, my friends! Thank Goodness, times have changed a bit.

These days, my morning skincare routine is effective in treating my mature skin concerns, but it’s also simple, fast, and affordable!

Morning Skincare Routine for Mature Skin (Women 40+)

Step One. Water.

I have a large glass of water at the ready on my bedside table so I can take my thyroid meds and drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning!

Drinking a full glass of water first thing in the morning will get you off on a great foot!

Water is the spring of life, my friends, and drinking plenty of water will make your skin glow from the inside out!

Related Article: How to increase your water intake daily


Now I head to the kitchen and start my morning coffee ritual.

While the coffee is brewing, I grab my jade roller out of the freezer. The frozen jade roller helps to de-puff my sleepy and very puffy face!

morning skincare routine for mature skin (women over 40) Jade roller

Step one. Cleanse.

I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking, why do I have to cleanse my face in the morning when I washed it before going to bed?

It’s a very logical question. I have battled the same question, and I’ve got the answer.

Cleansing your face in the morning is an essential step in the morning because bacteria and dead skin cells build up during the night.

In addition, cleansing your skin primes it for the application of skincare products such as serums.

Your skin not only needs to be cleansed, but it needs to be exfoliated. Light exfoliation is achieved through thorough cleansing twice a day.

Step two: Exfoliation is achieved through cleansing

I use a mild facial cleanser along with my Clarisonic (yep-I still love my Clarisonic) to quickly cleanse my face. Using a face brush like a Clarisonic or even a washcloth will help slough off dead skin cells that have accumulated overnight.

For this article, I timed myself. It takes just 1 minute.

Related article: The best face exfoliator for mature skin

Step three: Clarify skin using a toner.

Part of a good morning skincare routine should include using a clarifying toner.

A good toner will help to remove any dirt, oil, and makeup that your cleanser may have missed. It also helps to restore your skin’s pH balance and prep it for the rest of your morning skincare routine.

In addition, a toner can help to minimize the appearance of pores, giving you a smooth, flawless complexion.

So don’t skip the toner in your morning skincare routine – it could be just what you need to achieve radiant, healthy skin.

Step four: Apply Morning Serums.

Serums are a great addition to any skincare routine but are especially beneficial for mature skin. Serums can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.

I discovered serums about five years ago, and haven’t looked back.

Serums are super absorbent, so they penetrate the skin.

They are lightweight, highly concentrated formulations of active ingredients such as vitamin C, Hydraulic acid, and niacinamide, to name a few.

The great thing about serums is that you can completely customize your skincare based on your needs and concerns.

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Serums that I use in the Morning:

Timeless Vitamin C. I have tried several vitamin c serums and always come back to Timeless. I first heard about Timeless via Angie on Hot & Flashy.

She is a wealth of knowledge about everything aging and skincare.

The Ordinary Buffet. The Buffet is my favorite of The Ordinary serums. It targets a wide array of aging concerns in one little bottle.

-The Ordinary Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) helps reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion, which has helped my pore size tremendously! I stopped using it for a while and noticed a difference. Good stuff!

-The Ordinary Hydraulic Acid. Hydraulic acid adds mega moisture to the skin. Hydraulic acid actually draws moisture to your skin and plumps up your skin giving it a younger, healthier appearance!

As you can see, I am a massive fan of The Ordinary. They are a wonderful company and have an excellent skincare line of products that are perfect for mature skin.

Their products are straightforward and highly affordable! Many YouTubers swear by it, and it comes with rave reviews.

Step five. Eye cream

I can’t stress how important it is to apply eye cream every morning (and at night)

The delicate skin around the eyes is prone to fine lines and wrinkles, so it’s important to keep this area well-hydrated and protected with a good eye cream.

Step Six. Apply Moisturizer

After I apply the serums, I like to give them some time to soak in. But, of course, you don’t have to if you don’t want to or are in a hurry.

Choose a moisturizer that is suitable for your skin type and provides the level of hydration you need.

Look for a moisturizer with active ingredients like hyaluronic acid or niacinamide to help keep your skin looking plump and radiant.

Related article: The best CC Cream for Mature Skin

moisturizer morning skincare routine for mature skin

Step seven: Sunscreen.

Sunscreen is a vital component of any good skincare routine especially when you have mature skin.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 40 that is suitable for your skin type.

Apply sunscreen to your face, decolletage, and the tops of your hands. You would be surprised by how much sun you get each day through the windows and while driving in your car.

If you’re going outside, apply sunscreen to your arms and legs as well, and consider wearing a hat.

Do not skip the sunscreen. wear it every day without fail.

Step eight: Apply lip treatment

Put on a good lip treatment that contains (you guessed it) sunscreen and have an extra with you at all times so you can reapply throughout the day.

simple morning skincare routine for women 40+

Apply your make-up

Apply your makeup unless you’re going without it.

To this point, my entire morning skincare routine takes just 10 minutes! Pretty fast, right?!

I did an entire blog post about my favorite foundations for mature skin. The article goes into depth on several foundations that I use and love for different reasons.

Related article: The best foundation for mature skin


Because I’ve been staying home so much this past year- I usually wear Clarins UV Tinted Moisturizer for my foundation.

It’s super light and natural for those “no Make-up days.”

Morning skincare routine for mature skin women 40+

I haven’t timed my morning skincare routine, but I’m guessing it takes about 10 minutes total. Worth. Every. Second.

Let me know what you think and if you would like- please share your favorite skincare products/tips in the comments below.

Until next time- take good care of yourself (and your skin!)

XO, Christine

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  1. I like to splash my face with cold water in the mornings to help me wake up, and then while I’m applying face serum and moisturizer I try to spend a few minutes massaging my face. Sometimes I run my jade roller under cold water and use that. The rest of my routine is similar to yours! xo Nipa

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